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Taliban Kill Three US Soldiers/ Frontier Corps USAID Contractors in Pakistan Roadside Bomb Attack

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 3, 2010


G.I.s Slain in Pakistan: Psyop Sergeant, Two Nation-Builders

A psychological operations sergeant and two military nation-builders have been identified as the soldiers killed earlier this week by a roadside bomb in Pakistan.

39 year-old Staff Sergeant Mark Alan Stets, Jr. (pictured) was assigned to Alpha Company of the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion out of Fort Bragg, N.C. This was his second deployment to the region, according to U.S. Special Operations Command. He also served in Iraq.

Sergeant 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller, a native of Ashland, Ky. enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a heavy construction mechanic in 1991. He subsequently moved to the “big” Army, serving in Germany, Kuwait, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Sergeant 1st Class David J. Hartman was a veteran of the Army’s signal corps, deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. Both were assigned to the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade out of Ft. Bragg.

Full Story at Danger Room

by: Liam Stack   The Christian Science Monitor

at Truthout

The US military deaths in Pakistan represent a significant victory for Taliban militants after months of increasing drone attacks.

A roadside bomb attack killed at least seven people, including three Americans, in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, news agencies report. The US fatalities represent a significant victory for Taliban militants, who claimed responsibility for the attack, after months of increasing drone attacks.

The US embassy in Islamabad has confirmed that three US military personnel were killed and two wounded in the blast, Pakistani daily Dawn reports.

“It appears to be the first time American soldiers have been killed in such an attack in Pakistan,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that it had carried out the attack. A TTP spokesman accused the men of working for Blackwater International, a security contractor that changed its name to Xe in 2009 and that attracted widespread criticism over alleged excessive use of force in Iraq.

“The Americans killed were members of the Blackwater group. We know they are responsible for bomb blasts in Peshawar and other Pakistani cities,” a Taliban spokesman told Dawn. “We have warned we will take revenge and today we have avenged the deaths of innocent people.”

Initial reports identified the US dead as either aid workers or journalists. Dawn initially called them officials with the US Agency for International Development, while AFP cited an official from the paramilitary Frontier Corps calling them foreign aid workers, and sources told the Associated Press (AP) they were “part of a small, little-publicized, US mission to train members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps to better fight al-Qaida and Taliban militants.” Full Story at Truthout

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